Paris, France, May 2015 – Representatives of several Latin American countries took part in the fourth “Ministerial meetings on citizen security: towards the adoption of a regional model for an integrated policy on violence and crime prevention”, organised by Efus and the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), on 27-29 April. Both Efus and the IJJO are “executive partners” in the EU’s EUROsociAL programme of cooperation with Latin America.
The conference gathered representatives of the governments of Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay, including Vice-Ministers, as well as representatives of international organisations such as the Confederation of Latin American Justice Ministers, the Organisation of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The final version of the Regional Model for an Integrated Policy on Violence and Crime Prevention was presented at this meeting. Several participants took part in the drafting of this document during work sessions organised in October 2014 and March 2015. This policy paper advocates a regional public policy on citizen security founded on prevention.
In the Declaration of Cartagena for the Prevention of Violence and Crime adopted at the closing of the conference, participants call for creating means for regional exchange of experiences and advocate programmes that would consolidate peace and foster integrated development as well as social justice.
Efus and IJJO consider that it is now necessary to promote both the Regional Model and the Declaration of Cartagena at the national, regional and international level. To this end, they will produce a series of guidebooks for the various governments involved in the initiative, which will include practical guidelines to help them implement the political principles and actions outlined in the Regional Model.